Thursday, 23 January 2014

Sealy Mattress Is Which? "Best Buy" — But Is It Ours?

Update: As of November 2014, the Madeleine goes by the name Casoli on Mattressman. Aside from the name and the pattern of the cover, the mattress remains the same.

Our winter sale continues through the rest of January with plenty of bargains up for grabs! One of our favourite sale mattresses is the Madeleine 1200 by Sealy Posturepedic, which is listed on our site with a Medium firmness rating and a comfort rating of 8 out of 9.

The Madeleine is part of Sealy’s pocket range, giving all the comfort of a pocket sprung mattress with the orthopedic support of a traditional Posturepedic. It’s caught the attention of well-known reviews website Which?, earning a Best Buy award in 2013. I was assigned the tough task of running over to our Roundtree Way store to test out the Madeleine and see if it lived up to the hype. Short answer? Yes. Long answer? Read on!

The Sealy Madeleine in our Roundtree Way store

You’d expect a Sealy mattress to feel supportive — Sealy are the biggest bed and mattress manufacturer in the world, and their mattresses have been approved by the Orthopedic Advisory Board. The Madeleine certainly measures up! 1200 pocket springs make up the base, with varied tension depending on the level of support each part of your body needs. Each spring responds only to direct pressure so that they mould to the body. This is combined with a thick layer of latex, giving a sensation of almost weightless support. Another benefit of a pocket sprung mattress is that the individual movement of pocket springs means that people can share a bed without their movements affecting each other, making the Madeleine a great option for couples!

The mattress provides further support with Sealy’s Unicase system, which encases the pocket springs, helping to hold them together, providing an extended sleeping surface and preventing the sides of the mattress from sagging. In fact, the Unicase system works so well that Which? found it to be the most durable of the nine pocket sprung mattresses they tested.

While the mattress is firm enough to feel supportive, it doesn’t feel hard or uncomfortable — in fact, even as a natural side sleeper, I found that I was so comfortable lying on my back that I didn’t want to move to see how the mattress felt in other sleeping positions. (I summoned the willpower eventually — side and stomach sleeping does not disappoint!)

A latex mattress is a fantastic alternative to memory foam. It doesn’t cause the heat buildup that memory foam can, but moulds to the body in a similar way. This means you’re perfectly supported in whatever position feels most natural to you just as with memory foam, but it makes for a more pleasant sleep if you tend to get warm during the night.

The very soft top makes the mattress even more cosy. Because the fillings do not need to be held together, it is quilted rather than tufted. This makes the sleeping surface even, with none of the dips or bumps that some people find uncomfortable.

The Madeleine's soft, quilted surface makes it extra comfortable!
In terms of practicality and ease of movement, the Madeleine’s 30cm depth, latex fillings and high number of pocket springs make it quite heavy, requiring two people to lift it safely. However, handles on all sides of the mattress make this task considerably easier, and the mattress is also one-sided, meaning it doesn’t need to be flipped over, although seasonal rotation is recommended.

The Madeleine 1200 has attracted some high praise, and in this case it’s more than deserved. You can find the Madeleine in sizes from single to super king size in our winter sale, along with more Sealy mattresses and plenty of other bargains!